These scenic small, twin reservoirs are located off the Spicer Reservoir Road. The setting is more rustic than either Spicer Reservoir or Lake Alpine. The area is popular for fishing, camping, and boating.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)|
|Reservations:||No reservations; first-come, first-served|
|Area Amenities:||Boat ramp,Tent camping,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking|
|Fees:||$16.00 per night for camping; no fee for day use|
|Busiest Season:||Summer, Fall|
|Closest Towns:||Bear Valley to the east, Arnold to the west.|
|Water:||No potable water|
|Passes:||America the Beautiful Senior and Access passes and Golden Age and Golden Access passes accepted, reduces camping fee to half-price per night.|
|Operated By:||US Forest Service|
From Highway 4, turn onto Spicer Reservoir Road (paved) and go 8 miles. Turn left onto 7N75; from there the roads are gravel. Continue .7 miles to a T-intersection. For Utica Reservoir, turn left and continue one mile. For Union East, turn right and continue one mile. For Union West, turn right and go .3 miles, bear left at the fork onto 7N75C, and continue a half-mile. Spicer Reservoir Road is 27 miles east of the Calaveras Ranger Station in Hathaway Pines, California.
Utica Reservoir is managed for non-motorized boating; it has two dirt ramps designed for hand-launching of non-motorized boats. Campgrounds include Rocky Point, 12 sites, and Sandy Flat, 11 single sites and one triple site. There are two day-use parking areas, one adjacent to Rocky Point Campground and the other across the road from Sandy Flat Campground. There is no fee for day use.
Union Reservoir has a primitive dirt boat launch at Union East Campground. Maximum boat speed is 5 mph. Campgrounds include Union West, 18 sites, and Union East 11 sites. Free day-use parking is available at both campgrounds.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Mountain BikingRecreation areas with activity Mountain Biking:
Campground CampingRecreation areas with activity Campground Camping:
Developed recreation facilities: Utica - Sandy Flat 11 sites, Rocky Point 12 sites, Union West 18 sites, Union East 11 sites.
Lake and Pond FishingRecreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:
Day HikingRecreation areas with activity Day Hiking:
Trails lead from Union West and Union East Campgrounds to Elephant Rock Lake and beyond into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
Horse RidingRecreation areas with activity Horse Riding:
PicnickingRecreation areas with activity Picnicking:
Boating - MotorizedRecreation areas with activity Boating - Motorized:
Boating - Non-MotorizedRecreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:
Kayak and canoe in these two beautiful high mountain reservoirs. Easy portage from one to the next.
|Status description:||Kayaking & Canoeing|
|Fee charged for some activities:|